Saturday, December 3, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We are still waiting on our referral...just trusting the Lord and His timing!  In January, we will start redoing expiring paperwork and start filling out more information for regional documents.   

Hope you have a blessed and merry Christmas!

The Church Family

"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father."
Galatians 4:4-6 (KJV)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Patience is a Virtue

     I haven't blogged in such a long time, because I haven't had anything new to post.  So, I thought I would blog and tell you that I STILL don't have anything new to post!  Our paperwork has been in Russia since April and we are waiting for the referral.  How do you get a referral?  Well, our family coordinator, with our adoption agency, will call and let us know that two brothers, of Asian descent, and both under 5 years old, have been located.  She will email us all the information she has for them and once we accept the referral, the agency will begin to assist us in our first trip travel plans.  Once we fly, we will probably spend about a week in Russia and will get to visit our boys in the orphanage. 
     Russia requires two trips to visit the prospective child/children.  They do this so that both the child/children and the prospective parents can make sure that they are "compatible."  Russia wants to make sure that all is well with everyone involved before the child leaves the country.
     Once we return from the first visit with the boys, normally it takes two to three months to complete the extra paperwork that must be documented for the region in which the orphanage is located.  When that paperwork is finished and sent to Russia, we will travel for the second time.  On this trip, we will, again, see our sons in the orphanage, have a court hearing to obtain approval to adopt the boys in Russia, obtain medical releases, etc.  This could take anywhere from three to four weeks in Russia.
    It will be ten months, this Saturday (Sept. 10th), that we initially put in our application to adopt.  I don't know if it is a "mother's intuition" or just wishful thinking, but the last couple of days, I have had the feeling that something is happening with the boys.  Granted, it may be another year before our sons are located, but could it be that the time is drawing near?  We know that the Lord must have time to prepare the boys for us and prepare us for them.  We know, too, that there are many things that He must put in place before we can travel and get our sons.  Therefore, we continue to wait and truly trust in His timing.  Jesus is already in the future and He knows what is to come and what must transpire to get us all there.  We are going with Him! 
     As the weeks and months tick by, I am finding that I am longing more for our boys and desiring to be united with them.  I think this is part of the process of preparation by our Lord...getting us to the point that we can no longer live without them!  So, patience is good, but impatience can be a sign of the Lord, as well...especially when it comes to the motivation of bringing two orphans into a experience they may, otherwise, never know.  Please keep praying for us as the Lord brings our family to mind.  He loves to hear from His children!  One day, we, too, will hear from our two children whom we have never seen.  We love you, all!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Location of Our Sons

(Dark Red: Krasnoyarsk Region)

      Adoption is a wonderful thing, but it is amazing how often we walk in the unknown as we wait on the pieces of the puzzle to be put together.  One of the uncertainties is the location of our sons (Taylor's/Leah's brothers).  We know that they are in Russia, however, we had to wait for our dossier (official paperwork) to be submitted before we could find out the region in which we would be registered.  Yesterday, we were able to determine that our dossier has been registered in the Krasnoyarsk Region (Kras, for short).  We have been registered since April, so that means that we are three months along in the process of waiting on the referral!  How long until the referral?  Well, only the Lord really knows.  However, since we are registered in Kras, we can feel confident that this is where the boys are located.  We know that the Lord sees them and one day, we will, as well.  At least Russia doesn't seem so large and encompassing, now.  When we look at the map, we can narrow it down to a region and since we have requested children of Asian descent, we can even believe that the boys may be in the southern part of Kras, near the borders of China and Mongolia.  So, we will continue to trust in the Lord's timing and have patience as we wait on His appointed time to go and get these children. 

     Every little bit of information is welcomed and we anticipate the day we will get the referral that lets us know that our boys have been "found."  We are reminded that they are not "lost" from God and that His eyes are always on them, as they are us.  You see, the puzzle may look like there are pieces missing, but God holds all the pieces and knows the end results.  

     Please continue to pray for our family and these precious little boys in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Getting the Room Ready

Well, we have not blogged for quite a while because we have had little to tell.  However, all of our paperwork is in Russia and we are waiting our referral for the boys.  "They" tell us it will be at least a few months before we hear anything...nevertheless, we understand that the Lord knows and that's all that really matters.

We are spending this time praying that the Lord will prepare our sons for us and us for them!  We are also asking the Lord to prepare their hearts to receive the Gospel, when that time comes.  Too, our family has been busy getting the boys' room ready in the bonus room, upstairs.  Taylor has included some pictures of the somewhat, finished product.  This past week and today, we finished cleaning out this room (which has served as our homeschool room for almost 10 years), moving things to the basement, and painting the room.  Of course, we are a bit limited in what we can do since we don't know the ages of our sons...kind of a strange thought, isn't it?  Anyway, we will keep you updated as news arrives.  Please continue to pray for our family and the union of our sons in Russia.

Many blessings,

A quick snapshot before...

...and after!

The beds just need two little boys in them...then they'll be perfect!

The lovely view

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Praise Report!

I just had to write to praise the Lord for His goodness and for other Christians that love Him and sacrifice for His glory and honor!  Today, we received another gift of money for the adoption.  The Lord never ceases to amaze us in His timing and faithfulness.  We have been Christians long enough to know that, often, the Lord instructs us to do things that sometimes we just don't want to do.  Maybe it requires inconvenience, pain, sacrifice of money or time, etc. and we just ignore what He is telling us to do.  Ashamedly, I have been there myself on more occasions than I would like to admit. Nonetheless, when we actually do walk in obedience to His leading, the blessings are greater than words can even describe.  It is our prayer that this precious family experience a double measure of God's blessings!  There are two boys in Russia and a family in Purlear who are forever grateful...

As an update..our adoption agency has our dossier (formal paper work), is waiting for one form to be completed (on their end), and then our dossier is approved to go to Russia where we will be registered and wait our referral for the boys.  Are we excited?  You better believe it! 

Blessings to all,
Kim, Craig, Taylor, and Leah

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fingerprints for USCIS Approval

Craig and I traveled to Charlotte, this morning, to be fingerprinted by the federal government.  The fingerprinting is for a form called the I-171H and is submitted to the USCIS (United States Citizenship Immigration Services).  The approval of this form allows families to bring a child born overseas into the United States and is a required step for a child to gain US citizenship.  However, Russia will allow families to submit the dossier before receiving the USCIS approval.

The initial dossier was suppose to be delivered to our adoption agency today.  So, hopefully, we will hear something positive on that end very soon.  As for now, we have done all that we can do and will wait to hear if the dossier is approved and able to send to Russia.  Then, we will begin some more document gathering and paperwork! 

We really appreciate the prayers on behalf of our family.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Apostilling complete!

We thought we would give you an update on the adoption process.  As you can already see, we only post when we have a "news-worthy" event!  A couple of weeks ago, we sent off our initial dossier (formal paperwork for Russia) to be apostilled (stamped with a special seal) by the NC Secretary of State.  All the documents were apostilled except for two forms.  We had sent these items with the attachments recommended by our adoption agency, but nevertheless, they could not be accepted.  Instead, they were returned with us with corrected sample attachments.  We re-submitted the documents and they were apostilled and in our hands by the end of this past week.  (As a side note, our adoption agency said that rules vary so much for each state that it is difficult to maintain the correct templates for each document and country.  They plan to develop a "tips" sheet for prospective adoptive parents that will help them if faced with issues such as these.)

Tomorrow, we will be sending the initial dossier to our family coordinator, who will look over the documents, hopefully approve them, and then they will be forwarded to Russia where they will be registered.  Once registered, the "normal" wait time for a referral is 6-9 months.  Of course, as believers, we know that the Lord is in control of time, so we will just sit back and wait to hear from Him.

In the meantime, we will continue to do paperwork and collect documents for the "court dossier" which will be used in Russia.  The paperwork, literally, will never end!  Even after we make our 1st visit to Russia, to see the boys, there will be documents to be collected and submitted for the particular region in which the boys reside.  Anyway, the sending of the initial dossier is just one more step in the process, but it is significant in that it is necessary to receive the, we are very excited to have this one "under our belt!"

As always, thank you for praying for our family as we anxiously await to be united with our boys in Russia!

Love and blessings,
Kim, Craig, Taylor, and Leah

Friday, March 4, 2011

Step by Step!

Well, adoption is a process...a slow one at that!  As the days go by, we are making some baby steps.  This past Monday, we mailed off the I600-A application.  In order to adopt internationally, each family must be approved through the United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS).  The approval allows families to bring a child born overseas into the United States and is a required step for a child to gain US citizenship.  Also, yesterday, we were able to get our additional documents notarized.  Notarization is necessary before sending everything off to be apostilled.  An apostille certifies the aunthenticity of a signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and identifies the seal/stamp which the document bears.  We will send the documents to Raleigh to the Secretary of State office which will apostille the documents. 

There are a few papers in our Home Study that have to be re-done or another original still to be sent by our social worker.  We are waiting on these items.  Too, we have to let our family coordinator at America World Adoption look over our notarized forms to make sure they are okay before sending all the information to Raleigh.  Hopefully, this will all come together sometime next week.

We really appreciate your continued prayers.  We trust the Lord's timing in all aspects of the adoption.

Kim, Craig, Taylor, and Leah

Saturday, February 26, 2011

God's Amazing Grace!

Taylor is usually in "charge" of the adoption blog and does a wonderful job, at that!  However, I wanted to write this particular blog because I, myself, need to brag on the Lord.  As many of you can well imagine, adopting one child is very expensive; adopting two children (at one time) is "crazy" expensive.  Craig is a full-time missionary evangelist (who heads a ministry which is faith-based) and I am a stay-at-home mom.  Having a faith-based ministry means that our family income comes from individuals, churches, and corporations who financially support our ministry, each month.  I say all of that to say that obviously, we are not wealthy (monetarily speaking).  However, those of us who know Jesus, are wealthy beyond measure, because we have a home in Glory! 

Since feeling led to adopt the boys, Craig and I have struggled with the logistics of the finances for the adoption.  We know that the Bible speaks against debt.  "The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender." (Proverbs 22:7)  But, how do you come up with $85,000?!  Yes, that's what is needed for our family to go to Russia and get these two little boys.  We, quickly, came to the conclusion that, indeed, WE couldn't come up with the money.  So, we decided to put it back on the Lord.  We knew if He had called us to this endeavor, He must have a plan to bring us the money.  So, we exhasuted what bit of savings we had and then waited.  Our initial savings was enough to complete the Home Study.  We had to have the Home Study finalized to proceed with the Dossier (formal paper work for Russia).  The first form for the Dossie requires a copy of the finalized Home Study to be sent along with it.  In addition, the cost for this one form is almost $1000.  This we did not have. 

This past week, we received the finalized Home Study in the mail.  I could, now, send the first Dossier form.  But, no, we had no money to send with the document.  Today, we received (from a precious young couple) a significant monetary gift that will allow us to not only send the document, but take us through the remainder of the Dossier and provide for half of our first trip to Russia!  (Russia requires you to make two trips-one to see the boys for an initial visit in the orphanage and another to bring them home.)  Do you see what the Lord has done?  He not only provided the money, but He was right on time!  He sent the money at the very same time the Home Study was finalized.  Monday, we will send off the first document with a money order.

Many of you probably think the couple who gave us the money is "well-off."  Well, they are not.  They are much younger than Craig and I and the precious lady stays at home with her young children.  They are not even related to us!  Why?  Why would they do such a thing?  They could have used the money for their own needs or, if they had extra, given it to their relatives.  Why give money to go toward our adoption?  Because, this couple values life and children.  They live in a modest home and are hoping the Lord will bless them with many more children.  At some point, in the near future, they will probably need a bigger home.  This special, young wife even told her husband, "I will live in this house forever, if it means Craig and Kim can adopt those two boys."   That doesn't even sound like a comment you would here in this "me" culture, today.  They are sacrificing for the lives of two children they don't even know.

Yes, I am bragging on this couple, but ultimately, I am bragging on the Lord.  He is the One who has done such a great work in the lives of this dear husband and wife and their love for Him is evident in their actions.  So, we praise the Lord for His amazing grace!  He is forever faithful.

No, we don't know where the rest of the money will come from for the remaining adoption expenses.  There is still a long way to go.  But, we stand on God's Word.  "And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform." (Romans 4:21)  He is able and we will trust Him...after all, the Lord is always right on time!  "The people therefore was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record."  (John 12:17)

Your prayers are appreciated!

Much love and blessings,
Kim and Family

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dreary day joys!

On a dreary day in February (Don't get me wrong, we need the rain!), we have a little "joy" to share with you...we have recieved our finalized Home Study!  That means we can press forward with our dossier (formal paperwork that will go to Russia)!!!  Yippee!  We still have a long way to go, but we have just left one stepping stone and we're jumping onto another.  Praise the Lord!

Please continue to pray for us as we embark on a journey up a moutain of paperwork to be notarized and apostilled!  :)

Blessings from our family!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011


We are beginning to prepare the boys' room, but before we can do anything we are having to clean out the basement to make room for the upstairs stuff.  (Our bonus room will be the boys' room.) 

We are waiting on our finalized Home Study to come in the mail, any day!  Once this is received, we can begin work on the dossier (the formal paperwork for Russia)! 

Thank you for your prayers!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

"Holding Pattern"

For those of you who may be wondering, we are in a "holding pattern."  We are waiting on the Lord to answer some specific prayers.  We have a few online trainings which will finish up our Home Study requirements.  Once we get finished with a couple of Marriage Conferences (in which we are keynote speakers) we will wrap these trainings up and hopefully move forward.  Please continue to remember our family in prayer.  We will keep you updated as things progress.


Monday, January 24, 2011

All of our Home Studies are finished!

Wow...all three of our Home Studies have been completed!  We are finished until post-placement.  Sorry we haven't been blogging...we have had a lot going on with not much to write about on the blog.  Hopefully more will come in the days ahead.  Bear with us!  :)

We covet your prayers for our family and the adoption.  We need the Lord to move in a mighty way!

Until next time...

Taylor and Family 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2nd Home Study Completed!

We completed our second home study!  Please pray for our family as we continue to move ahead.


Monday, January 10, 2011


Today it snowed...such a wonderful, majestic sight!  (Creation proclaims the Creator's name, loud and clear!)  As I watch the snow fall, I think about my little brothers, with whom we will, one day, share life's special moments!  I get excited just thinking about it! 

We will be starting on our dossier (formal paperwork) as soon as we finish Craig Church Ministries' tax work...whenever that is!  It is a busy time right now, so please pray for patience!  :) 

We will try to keep you updated as best we can.

Until next time...


Monday, January 3, 2011

First Home Study Completed!!!

Well, I can triumphantly say that we have finished our first of three Home Studies!  Thank you for all your prayers!  Everything went very well.  We enjoyed getting to know our social worker and will schedule our next Home Study visit in the next couple of days.  Discussing the boys has deepened our desire to have them come home!  

Until next time...


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Starting Our Journey

We have "officially" started our Russia adoption journey to bring home two Asian brothers.  We are so excited! 

Before I get into the details, please let me introduce my family.  We are the "Churches" and live in the foothills of North Carolina.  We have always homeschooled and love it more and more each day.  Our family consists of "Daddy, Momma, Taylor (me), Leah, and six cats (icluding our strays)."  We are a family that strives to live for the Lord though, in our human nature, we often fall short.  Our family has a heart for children and the biblical order of the family.

Now, onto the adoption details!!!  I will include some excerpts from our Christmas Adoption Newsletter...

      "The story leading up to the adoption is rather lengthy and space will not allow us to communicate all the details at this time.  However, many of you are aware of our tubal reversal and subsequent miscarriage three years ago.  Wanting more children and considering adoption even then, the Lord continued to speak the words, “Wait”…simply wait.  We were unsure if we were waiting on more birth children or waiting for our adoptive children to be born.  Confirmation and peace for the latter has come.  We believe that God has ordained, before the beginning of time, these children to be trained up, discipled, and loved in our family.
     We are committed to act in obedience to the Word of God and His promptings.  The more the Lord challenges, the more we realize how dependent we are upon Him.  But that’s a good thing!  If we could see the future and how everything is going to turn out, it wouldn’t be faith.  “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”  (2 Corinthians 5:7)  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  (Hebrews 11:1)
     We are so thankful that God allowed us to be adopted into His family.  “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”  Praise His name for the mercy and grace that was extended to us!  May we do the same.
     We ask that you help us pray for two things:  please pray that the boys will be found and be in prayer for the finances of the adoption.  “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”  (Philippians 1:6)"

During our journey we will post anything from "tid-bits" to short novels.  :)  We would love to have you follow us!  Please keep us in prayer as the Lord brings us to mind!
Until next time...remaining in Him!
P.S. Our first Home Study is tomorrow (01/03/11)!  We will keep you updated!